Invest in our Community

To keep with our mission of assisting others to pursue their dreams, each quarter we feature a local charitable organization that is doing just that, investing time, energy, and effort to help our community.

Please take the time to go visit Lap Robes for Veteran's Facebook Page.

This is a wonderful organization that was started by Nancy Van Apeldoorn on November 10th, 2007 (Semper Fi, as my father would say).   On that day she was in Washington, DC, and saw a Veteran who was sitting in a wheelchair and shivering.  They both were there to celebrate the Marine Corp's 232nd Birthday at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  Nancy saw the need and responded by finding a blanket for the Veteran and the rest is history. 

From that moment, Nancy decided that she would make a lap robe for any Veteran that needed one as her way of saying, "Thank you for your service!"

You might ask what is a "lap robe?"  Well, it is exactly what that Marine needed, a blanket for his lap.  They are individually designed and sewn cotton or fleece quilt that measures 42" by 54".  They have over 35 volunteers who invest as many as 10 hours in constructing each lap robe.  

One of the most amazing things is that every lap robe is unique as service-specific!  Over 9000 lap robes have been presented to Veterans and Gold Star Mothers.  

GIVING - Lap Robes for Veterans partners with Canandaigua National Bank's Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment (FLACE) and became a nonprofit organization with 501c3 status in 2015.  To Dontate, visit their Facebook page and click on the Paypal Donation Button or Make a check payable to FLACE Lap Robes for Veterans and mail it to :

FLACE Lap Robes for Veterans
73 Stanton Street
Rochester, NY 14611


If you have further questions, please reach out to Nancy at 585-478-6781 or email  

Lap Robes for Veterans and Canandaigua National Bank's Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment are not affiliated with LPL Financial or Clover Leaf Financial, LLC